2005: The Debut of a Railway Station in the Greater Tokyo Area

August 24, 2005

In the Greater Tokyo Area of Honshu (the largest and most populous of Japan’s islands), a railway station was officially opened in the city of Kashiwa. (The Greater Tokyo Area is the world’s most populous metropolitan region.) This station is specifically located in the section of Kashiwa that had once been the village of Tanaka.

Kashiwa-Tanaka Station was designed by Makoto Sei Watanabe, a prolific architect residing in Japan’s capital city of Tokyo. Wantanabe was born in the city of Yokohama in the Greater Tokyo Area in 1952

Kashiwa-Tanaka Station is part of the Tsukuba Express and its opening coincided with the debut of that urban railway line. The Tsukuba Express, which is operated by the Metropolitan Intercity Railway Company, covers a total of 36.2 miles (58.3 kilometers) between the Akihabara neighborhood in the central section of Tokyo and the city of Tsukuba. Kashiwa-Tanaka Station is 19.9 miles (32 kilometers) south of Akihabara Station. At this time, there are 20 stations altogether serving the Tsukuba Express.

Photo Credit: Nesnad (licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share 4.0 International license at https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0/)

Additional information on the Tsukuba Express is available at https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tsukuba_Express

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